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Cab-hailing apps get OK in NYC

NEW YORK — New York City’s experiment with taxi-hailing smartphone apps got a green light Tuesday from an appeals court.

The state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division said the city can continue a yearlong test of ‘‘e-hail’’ services, one of several recent changes to the taxi network in a city known for its yellow cabs.

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The test ‘‘was properly adopted’’ and allowable under city laws, the court said to cheers from the city administration.

‘‘New York City has always been a taxi-hailing town, and we’re pleased to be able to offer passengers more than one way to accomplish that,’’ city Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement.

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A lawyer for e-hail opponents didn’t immediately return a call about the ruling, which upheld a lower court decision.

Traditionally, the city’s roughly 13,000 yellow cabs have been prohibited from taking prearranged rides.

But the taxi commission allowed the e-hail experiment in December, saying that the city shouldn’t turn its back on new taxi technology.

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Car service owners sued. They said that the project was unfair because they rely on prearranged fares and that it was too broad to qualify as a test, among other arguments.

With the appeals court’s OK, a few companies started offering the service while the appeal played out.

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